MILD ACIDITY, BERRIES, TOFFEE, GOOD BODY AND CREAMY MOUTHFEEL
Ethiopia – Aricha
Yirgacheffe is known for its clean, floral and acidity driven washed coffees. The area where this coffee is grown, Gedeo, has, in our experience, some of the most complex and intense coffees in the Yirgacheffe region.
Around 700 individual family-owned farmers deliver their cherries grown in Gedeo to the privately-owned washing station Aricha in the local community of Aricha, located in the highlands close to Yirgacheffe town. On each of these farms, local heirloom varieties are cultivated and, in some cases, even new varieties have been planted in order to diversify and rejuvenate biodiversity. Organic fertilizer is commonly used on the farms but pesticides are actively avoided, farmers instead focusing on good farming practices to help encourage large and healthy plants. Further, on Aricha they are working to increase quality through a more systematic work at the processing station.
Zone: Gedeo, Yirgacheffe. Local municipality: Aricha
Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom. Improved varietals and native coffee of forest origin transferred to family smallholder plots and gardens. In this case, they refer to it as the Yirgacheffe type.
Producers: About 700 smallholders in the surrounding areas as well as remote farmers. Varietals:
Grade: Screen 15 and up. Altitude: Coffee grown at 1800 - 2000 masl Soil: Volcanic deposits, rich in minerals and nitrogen. Drying: Sun-dried 10 – 15 days on African drying beds on hessian cloths. Coffees are covered in plastic during midday and at night.